09-11-2013, 12:35 PM
Join Date: Dec 2007
Total Cats: 46
Resurrecting a "dead" MS3
I'm a MS virgin and I (think I) found a way to get some experience with a DIY kit without taxing my poor soldering skills too badly.
[You can skip right to the question if you aren't interested in my story...]
Anyway...the story; I have a 99 with a FM Voodoo kit I installed last year in place of a trusty old M45 SC install. I did this so that I could change one thing at a time and not overwhelm myself. Now that I have the basics of the turbo straight, it's time to "go big" and replace the Voodoo box with a MS - which was my intent all along.
I really wanted to get a built-up box (either directly from DIY, or from Rev) but my cash-flow is not the best (new job, relocation, etc...) and I'm not that good a solderer so I was afraid of building a DIY kit from scratch.
So, when I saw a local guy was selling a failed DIY MS3 intended for a '01 for a steal, I bought it. My thinking was; a) it'll get me familiar with the internals of the box, b) the "fail" might not be so terrible that I can't find and fix it,, and c) the experience is worth the price I paid for the unit regardless if I botch it or not.
So far, I've found a couple of misplaced jumpers, but I have a question.
In the instructions, and on the motherboard, two potentiometers are indicated; R52 and R56. However, on the board I have the space where R52 is, there are two resistors wired in series and R56 has nothing there at all.
So...I've searched, and has found nothing similar anywhere. Was there any time when something like this was common? Should I get the right pots, rip this out and fix it?
Waiting for words of wisdom (or flames)....